Regiment : 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Service number : 8748
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 26th October 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 23 to 28 and 163A.
Birthplace : Born and resident Wollescote, Worcestershire, enlisted Worcester
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye Christ Church Window. Lye and Wollescote War Memorial.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
The birth of George Harry Newton is registered in the September Quarter 1894 under the Stourbridge Registration District.
George Newton was the brother of Thomas Newton of 31 Cross Walks Road, Wollescote. He attended Wollescote school from 1897 to 1903. He volunteered for the Warwicks and joined the 14th (1st Birmingham Pals) Battalion in the 5th Division who fought on the Western Front from January 1916. They were on the Somme from July 1916 and fought hard at Delville Wood and High Wood. By this time George Newton had been wounded twice, gassed twice and mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatch of January 1917. In October the Warwicks entered the Third Battle of Ypres and were soon in the front line along the Menin Road near Gheluvelt. They were involved in major attacks on the 9th and the 23rd October and in a minor attack on the 26th. Casualties were sustained attacking an enemy pill-box and Private George Newton was killed. He was 23 years of age.
George Newton has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Tyne Cot Memorial.